Land & Resources Management

Each national forest and national grassland is governed by a land and resource management plan in accordance with the National Forest Management Act (NFMA). These plans outline management direction, including desired future conditions, suitable uses, monitoring requirements, goals and objectives, and standards and guidelines. Monitoring of conditions on a national forest or national grassland ensures projects are done in accordance with plan direction and determines effects that might require a change in management direction.

Forest and Grassland Land and Resource Management Plans

The Medicine Bow National Forest, Routt National Forest, and Thunder Basin National Grassland each have separate plans. Monitoring reports are completed annually for the Medicine Bow-Routt National Forests and Thunder Basin National Grassland. To view these plans and  reports, click here.

Travel Analysis

As part of a national effort, we conducted an analysis of National Forest System roads to identify the minimum road system needed “for travel and for administration, utilization, and protection of National Forest System lands.”

Forest Health Projects and Programs

Mixed vegetation in Medicine Bow NF

Landscape Vegetation Analysis (LaVA)

 LaVA was developed to respond to unprecedented landscape-level tree mortality from bark beetles and other forest health issues that have affected hundreds of thousands of acres across the Medicine Bow National Forest since the late 1990s.

Fall foliage at Vedauwoo

Pole Mountain Gateways

The Forest Service intends to conduct an Environmental Analysis that will look at trails, facilities, parking, signage and other aspects of non-motorized recreation on Pole Mountain. Community input is a critical component to long-term planning. 

Beetle infested trees are sprayed by a USFS crew.

Mountain Pine Beetles

More than 4 million acres of forest in northern Colorado and southern Wyoming are affected by the Mountain Pine Beetle epidemic, which was triggered by an extended drought in the late 1990s and early 2000s.

A prairie dog emerges from its hole on Thunder Basin National Grassland

TBNG Restoration & Prairie Dog Colony Management

In recent years, dramatic changes in black-tailed prairie dog populations and increasing conflicts have indicated the need to change the grassland plan to allow Federal land managers to be more responsive to a variety of environmental and social conditions.

A male sage grouse

Greater Sage-Grouse

Greater sage-grouse populations have been declining for more than 40 years. The Forest Service manages approximately 8% of the remaining greater sage-grouse habitat and is responsible for helping to ensure that greater sage- grouse populations persist.

Insect eggs on pine tree.

Forest Health Protection

Forest Health Protection in the Rocky Mountain Region (Region 2) provides direct support to managers of federal and tribal lands on issues related to forest health, especially insects and diseases.